There is plenty to like in this well-paced trip down memory lane as this latest installment in Disney’s “Going Home” series profiles Robbie
Robertson. The Mouse Channel, which has hosted specs about Billy Joel, Kenny Loggins, Paul McCartney and others, does its usual top-notch job capturing Robertson, from pre-Band days up to his present status as an in-demand film score composer and resurgence as a groundbreaking recording artist.
As one of the original members of the Band, Robertson was hailed as its creative force and is credited with guiding the late ’60s group into prominence. That rise was accelerated when Bob Dylan asked the Band to be his backing band during his 1965 electric tour.
The one-hour spec uses vintage film clips and interviews with industry top guns such as Eric Clapton, Martin Scorsese, Barry Levinson and producer Daniel Lanois to help explain and define Robertson’s role in the recording and film industries, in a fast-paced, entertaining style.
Rarely seen clips such as the Band’s perf at Woodstock (which was not included in the docu about the festival) and snippets from D.A. Pennebaker’s “Eat the Document,” which chronicled the Dylan outing, add an air of warm and fuzzy nostalgia. Although Disney’s spec may pale in comparison to “The Last Waltz,” widely considered the definitive docu of the Band and its farewell concert tour, Robertson fans are likely to find this offering equally as enjoyable.
Perfs of Band chestnuts “Up on Cripple Creek,””The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” and “The Weight,” as well as readings by Robertson of material from his new band, the Red Road Ensemble, help keep the action interesting while seemingly bringing the artist’s career full circle.
Editors Suzanne Fenn, Peter Cohen and Noelle Kozoll deliver a seamless show, while scribe HP Newquist emphasizes the right career high points without duplication.